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Cliff-climbing teen rescued by Kelowna Fire Department

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A teenager doing some recreational cliff climbing above the Kelowna Golf and Country Club needed rescuing on Friday evening.

The Kelowna Fire Department said it was alerted around 5:30 p.m., after a golf-course member noticed the 15-year-old boy was stuck on the well-known cliff that runs alongside the 18-hole course.

According to the fire department, the teen was on steep, unstable ground, approximately 50 feet up, unable to move up or down.

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“The technical rescue team was deployed,” said the fire department, “and were able to get the patient into a rescue harness and lower the patient and rescuer safely to flat ground.”

Platoon Captain Scott Clarke told Global News that “every time he moved, he started sliding.”

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The angle-rescue team climbed above the stuck teen, with one member roping his way down and bringing the boy to safety.

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The fire department said the squad is comprised of specially-trained firefighters around the city, and that it generally takes some time to mobilize the unit.

“He was a little dehydrated, a little tired,” said Clarke, “but it’s a good outcome.”

The fire department said the teen wasn’t injured, and that one fire engine and 12 fire personnel were involved.

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